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Democratic politics is not consumer goods”, it is citizen goods”.

Democratic politics is not consumer goods”, it is citizen goods”.

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Democratic politics is not "consumer goods”, it is "citizen goods”. Politicians are not chocolate manufacturers asking their consumers how they'd like their chocolate to be better manufactured. It's far more complicated than that - unless you insist on being a village idiot, and seeing everything as a bar of chocolate. Unfortunately, a lot of people are insisting on being consumers, and are behaving like village idiots, demanding their own chocolate bars, and consumer rights, without demanding more fundamental changes and better chocolate.
Democratic politics is not "consumer goods”, it is "citizen goods”. Politicians are not chocolate manufacturers asking their consumers how they'd like their chocolate to be better manufactured. It's far more complicated than that - unless you insist on being a village idiot, and seeing everything as a bar of chocolate. Unfortunately, a lot of people are insisting on being consumers, and are behaving like village idiots, demanding their own chocolate bars, and consumer rights, without demanding more fundamental changes and better chocolate.

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In politics, supply is slow to meet demand.
Democratic politics is not "consumer goods
, it is "citizen goods
. Politicians are not chocolatemanufacturers asking their consumers how they'd like their chocolate to be better manufactured. It's farmore complicated than that - unless you insist on being a village idiot, and seeing everything as a bar of chocolate. Unfortunately, a lot of people are insisting on being consumers, and are behaving like villageidiots, demanding their own chocolate bars, and consumer rights, without demanding morefundamental changes and better chocolate.This isn't a good a good place for democracy to be in, but we do not think civically, or do not want tothink 'civically', and we are presented a world in which we are merely 'free' consumers in a world of business, in a kind of political and civic vacuum... Yet, now, something more dangerous appears to be (orto
have been
) occurring - mirroring Mussolini's brand of Fascism - the state and the corporations aremerging, the consumer is a citizen, and the citizen is a consumer.However, consumerism isn't citizenship and citizenship isn't consumerism - regardless of how much wemay pretend it is, or want it to be like that. If citizenship and consumerism were the same thing - theywouldn't be two very different words, conjuring-up, two very different worlds. We're never going todestroy either one of them - however much radical neo-liberalism (i.e. corporatists) or radical socialism(i.e. communists) might aspire, and we certainly do not ever want to merge them together, as underFascism.Using neoliberal language and financialized/marketized plans to deal with the economic problems whichhave their origins deeply embedded in the very same ideologies and actions; is the same as usingsocialist language and state plans to deal with a problem more fundamentally brought about bysocialism and the state. What we're experiencing is the corporate-neoliberalism version of what theCommunist world experienced when it denied it's internal contradictions, which, of course, eventuallyled to its collapse. The USA and EU are to suffer the same fate. The UK is stuck between two
arse
 cheeks; what's that hole between two arse cheeks called again?Well...is a politics of greater moderation likely to supplant corporate neoliberal globalizing agendas andpolicies? It seems unlikely, but blessed with a "democracy" we can make our demands known -hopefully with good levels of civic understanding, in spite of the crap we're fed - rather than thementality of "village idiots" as is proscribed to us. There's a reason the Americans and Anglo-Saxon's
 
bang on about "community", and "communities" -- the last thing they want is for individuals to think andengage as citizens, or as mature, urban people --- thereby organizing and forming united movements.They want us to think and act - as dementedly atomized, stratified and unknowing as the corporateagendas and policies seek to construct us; thereby allowing business to get on with organizing andagitating us into whatever consumer packaging they see fit. Of course, this is the very 'socialengineering' they accuse communists, socialists and all others of badly instigating. Yet, if you go to mosthigh streets, now, across the UK, you see the same generic, characterlessness buildings and frustrationsas cameras depicted under Soviet communism.We are held captive to a system in crisis. Capitalism goes around shifting the 'crisis' from one place toanother; it's never not in crisis. It's hitting Europe, America and Japan now because, collectively, wecan't afford the gas bills. We can't afford them, because growth isn't sustainable, the energy resourcesmaking growth 'real' are finite, we've been living on cheap debt, and the elite are hoarding much of theirmoney away. The West isn't best, it's quite a mess, and we all know it - especially the Anglo-Saxons whohave lead the charge.It's the rise of business power and the decline of political power, and the triumph of consumerism overcitizenship, only now the corporations need the state to save them - to do their bidding - and keep theprivate consumer identity strong, and suffocate the public citizen.
The Bank of International Settlements has got one thing right 
Quantitative Easing has reached its limits and cannot help to stimulate economic growth. QE is a bustedflush. But why is the BoIS still pushing the austerity pathway? - it should be obvious that austeritycannot lead to sustained economic growth because there is a demand crisis within every major Westerncapitalist country. The mealy-mouthed statement that the short term pain is worth the long term gainsimply flies in the face of reality - we have been in recession for five years, with little sigh of anysustained and vigorous growth which could have been expected by now. Living standards in mostcapitalist countries are falling for the majority of the population, dramatically so in some Euro Zoneones. To push for 'financial consolidation' at this juncture is irresponsible and probably self-defeating, asour experience shows - government debt is still growing, despite, or perhaps because of, Osborne'spublic expenditure cuts. Only fiscal expansion, focused on capital investment, will stimulate theeconomy enough to start to reduce unemployment, raise living standards, and increase consumerdemand. What law of government or economics says central banks must at some point sell the bondsthey purchased with QE money, This system is not your credit card, QE was used to lower interest rates ,give liquidity to banks and lower the interest burden on government debt, and the mortgage market. If every overseas investor decides to sell their bonds and rates jumped up ,so what that liquidity is what isneeded ,and the fed has unlimited fiat money to set any rate it wants.Meanwhile, The European Central Bank is already looking ahead. European leaders recently decided tomake the ECB partially responsible for keeping tabs on the health of the Continent's banks. And

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